It may seem harmless enough; however, when snow is pushed across a road surface into the opposite ditch or directly onto roads, you may be putting your family, friends and neighbors at a great risk. When the tires of a vehicle encounter the ridges left on the roadway from snow being pushed across it or piles of snow are left littering the road, such occurrences can cause a driver to lose control.
The County’s Traffic Bylaw 33-2008, Section 21 – Snow, Ice, Dirt and Other Obstructions, subsections a and b refer to such infractions as follows:
a) No person shall place or allow to be placed any obstruction on any Sidewalk or Highway including snow, ice, dirt, or any other obstruction without the written consent of Lac Ste. Anne County.
b) No person owning or occupying property within Lac Ste. Anne County, to which entry or exit for Vehicles is made onto a Highway, shall allow water, mud, slush, ice, frozen snow, or snow to be pushed onto the Highway, or let such materials remain on the Highways as a result of clearing or cleaning the exits or entry to the said property. Snow, ice, dirt, or any other obstruction placed or caused to be placed on any Sidewalk or Highway shall be removed by the Owner or occupant of such premises within a twenty-four (24) hour period.
Upon failure thereof, the County may provide for the clearing of any obstruction on such Sidewalks or Highways, or remove the said water, mud, slush, ice or icy or frozen snow at the adjacent owner’s expense, and add the costs thereof to the tax roll of the adjacent property.
Anyone contravening the provisions of this section is guilty of an offence and liable to a specified penalty for the first offence of $250.00; for a second offence of $500.00, and for a third offence and any other offence occurring within a calendar year of $1,000.00.
The bylaw is not only in place to protect the condition of roads but to set guidelines to increase safety for the public. In short, when any driving surface is altered in any way, safety is affected. Lac Ste. Anne County respectfully asks that all property owners remember this when clearing snow — both this winter and into the future.